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One Room Challenge Week 3: Paint and room layout

Week three of the One Room Challenge has really kept me on my toes. For first time visitors, the One Room Challenge is an event for bloggers and designers hosted by Calling It Home. Participants have six weeks to transform a space from meh to amazing. I joined this crazy scene as a guest because we are expecting our second little guy in September and figured it would be the kick in the butt I needed to get his room finished. And, it's working! Here is the design board to give you a feel of what I'm working towards...

Last week, I polled my audience to decide on a paint color. I had narrowed it down to Baby Green or Lido Green by Benjamin Moore. I really liked them both but needed some hand holding to pull the trigger. I know, I know. I do this for a living but in your own home it's really hard sometimes to make semi permanent decisions. Thanks to those that weighed in. The winner? Mr. Lido Green. And it's purrrdy. It's minty perfection is going to mix perfectly with the blues, grays and natural wood in the room. 

So, in between work and play dates and pregnancy (ugh), this week has been all about Lido here. Let's just take a quick walk down memory lane to see my starting point. Here is the space in all it's two-toned, nautical glory (disclaimer: we bought it this way).

And here it is updated in Lido Green. The photos don't really do it justice but it's such a transformation. The space feels calm and serene now... exactly the mood we're going for (hint, hint, little one in my belly). 

Now that I have a clean palate, I'm beginning to play around with the layout. There aren't many options in this little 11 x 9 space but here are the two in the running. They are the same besides the placement of the crib and dresser. I'm pulling for Option A so that the crib isn't on the other side of our headboard in our room but Option B will allow for more lighting since I would have a table lamp on the dresser + the two sconces above the crib. The sconces make sense on that longer wall but not really the wall with the door... too small of a space. But, since the lighting isn't hard wired, I can play around with the arrangement and go with what feels best. The room is fairly dark with no overhead lighting so Option B is looking more promising. 

Option A

Option A

Option B

Option B

Other than paint and layout, I placed a few final orders this week and all I have left to buy are plants for some fun hanging pots I recently found. And, I almost forgot – the quilt wallhanging is pieced together and just waiting on a final fabric to arrive in order to begin quilting. It will be down to the wire for that piece but since I have an ace quilter up my sleeve (mom), I know it'll be here in no time.

Thanks for checking in. Not a totally thrilling week but any progress so far makes me happy. I'm going to spend my weekend in Ikea and Land of Nod furniture building hell. Wish me luck! Oh and don't forget to check out the other participant rooms on the One Room Challenge link up! See you next week!

Baby boy room reveal

Oh my this post is so long overdue! This little guy is over eight months old now and truly the cutest little thing. I was honored to be asked to put together his nursery and had so much fun in the process. You may recall the plans but it's been a while so I'll remind you...

With the wall color already up (Glacier Bay by Behr), I wanted to add accents that fit. This wasn't hard to do since a light blue- green is quickly becoming one of my favorite kid room neutrals. Not only does it blend well with so many other colors but it's something other than gray or a traditional baby blue. Don't get me wrong, I love those, too but in a kid's room it's fun to do something a little more unexpected. To make one of the walls even more fun, I chose the arrow decals (Etsy) – like wallpaper only a fraction of the price and way easier to install. I also like that once the baby phase is over, they're easy to remove for a different look. Although I think these guys can hang out for a while. 

For decor, I started with the black and white Ikea rug. (Side note: I love adding a rug to warm up a space and add some character...yes, even if it's already carpeted –trust me, it helps!) Black and white is a no-brainer in a baby's room (they dig the contrast) and this rug is pretty giant and affordable. It was an easy leap from black and white striped rug to black and white striped animal and so began the safari theme. I love this bedding from Land of Nod, don't you? Who doesn't love a baby animal? I carried that over to the zebra print for above the crib. 

To work with the wood trim in the room and for more texture, I brought in a leather moroccan pouf ottoman and then chose the Target shelf with the wood tone and the wood tone lamp. Unfortunately, the shelf was recalled so my client selected the white bookshelf in it's place. The floor lamp was nixed for safety purposes – totally get it. 

For wall art, I found the idea for the embroidery hoops on Etsy and my client used a local woman to make them –@posey_twine_embroidery on Instagram. They turned out so cute and these are actually embroidered instead of screen printed like the original ones I found. Win-win!

The rest of the furniture and window treatments were already in the space from their now toddler but I helped to pick out the glider. I know a thing or two about gliders from spending hours upon hours in ours so I get the importance of comfort. I love Babyletto for gliders and baby furniture. They're comfy and look so cool but cost far less than the aforementioned higher end store that we all know and love. Target also carries a lot of this line so shipping is usually free. The modern lines of this one help to blend the traditional look of the crib and changing table so the space feels more cohesive with the rest of the decor. 

For the final touches, I styled the bookshelf with existing toys and books and I found those canvas bins on Amazon. You can never have enough baskets and bins in a kids room to quickly give the appearance of clean ;) 

And there you have a cheery baby boy room. Maybe not your traditional baby blue but I love to see how kids rooms are evolving to so much more. This one is playful and bright but also stylish and something he can grow into. Such a fun project for such a fun family ;)